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John Yslas

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor & Employment Department; Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group


John Yslas is a partner in the Los Angeles office.  He represents companies in a wide variety of actions, with an emphasis on wage and hour class actions (both state and federal law), while also routinely handling single plaintiff cases. He also has significant experience in in handling due diligence analysis in major mergers and acquisitions deals including involving more than $1 billion.  He has also handled such matters involving unfair business practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, commercial contracts disputes and practices, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duty, and unlawful interference with prospective business opportunity.

Mr. Yslas’ litigation practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, including extensive pre-trial, jury trial, arbitration and appellate experience. He has served as trial attorney in successfully defending multi-million dollar claims in trials of up to five weeks and involving up to 14 plaintiffs. He also successfully challenged a wage and hour rule promulgated by the California Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE) in a declaratory relief action against the DLSE; the trial court granted Mr. Yslas' summary judgment motion, and the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision in a published decision.

Mr. Yslas is active in several organizations. He is a member of the Mexican-American Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association. He served on the 2008 Hispanic National Bar Association Convention Planning Committee. He also served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Committee. Mr. Yslas has also served on the board of directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation and on the board of directors for the California Minority Counsel Program.

Mr. Yslas previously served as a commissioner on the five-member Los Angeles Civil Service Commission, which oversees the personnel decisions for the great majority of employees of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Yslas also previously served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention Center Commission, which oversees major decisions concerning the Convention Center. He was appointed by two different mayors of the City of Los Angeles to these important commissions.


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (1996); B.A., high honors, University of California, Santa Barbara (1991)

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a team of 'good experts, comprising seasoned lawyers supervising stellar long-term associates'. Noted for its expertise in wage-and-hour class actions and workplace litigation alleging discrimination, the nationwide group is praised for being 'hands on, extremely thorough, and extraordinarily knowledgeable'. Work highlights included Noah Finkel and Andrew Scroggins acting for Epic Systems as co-counsel (alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP) in a landmark case decided by the Supreme Court in May 2018, relating to the enforceability of the agreement into which the plaintiff entered requiring the parties to resolve wage-hour disputes through individual arbitration and waive class and collective proceedings. The 'one-of-a-kind' Gerald Maatman continues to lead a team acting for Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in an employment discrimination class action. Brian Ashe successfully acted for Digital Realty Trust before the Supreme Court in a case relating to the definition and statutory application of the term 'whistleblower'. Camille Olson is a 'world class lawyer' and Washington DC-based Raymond Baldwin is a ' zealous advocate for his clients with a practical approach'. In Los Angeles, Andrew Paley is an 'extremely well-versed adviser', and Jon Meer is praised for his 'immense knowledge and trial practice'. Atlanta's Robert Stevens is described as an 'expert in restrictive covenant work'; clients also appreciate Kerry Friedrichs in San Francisco and Pamela Devata for 'being leaders in their field and being able to answer questions on the spot'. Further recommended individuals are practice head Laura Maechtlen and Christian Rowley in San Francisco, Boston's Richard Alfred and the 'greatly experienced and knowledgeable' Lisa Damon, Lorie Almon and Gina Merrill in New York, as well as Richard Lapp. In Houston, the team was strengthen by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018, while John Yslas joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in July 2018. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.

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